Hundreds gather for Honolulu Pride Parade
Annual event celebrates civil rights
Dozens of rainbows colored Waikiki; not the phenomenon up in the sky, but a show of unity in the streets. Hundreds in the gay community were out to celebrate and fight for their rights.
Many at the annual Honolulu Pride Parade said there's a lot to celebrate this year.
"It's been a year since we've gathered like this and in that year, we've had six more states and marriage equality and we've had six more countries," said Honolulu Pride Chair Michael Golojuch, Jr.
It was a day to party, not just for those in the LGBT community, but for those who support them, including many church groups.
"So we fell sexuality and spirituality actually go hand and hand together and that sexuality's a great gift that we have received," said Rev. Jonipher Kwong from First Unitarian Church of Honolulu.
Golojuch said the day is also in support of getting ride of DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law defining marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman.
"Today is support in remembering the stonewall riots. It was the birthplace of the modern gay rights movements," said Golojuch.
A movement that could take a big step forward, or back this month when the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a challenge to DOMA. Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he hopes it is repealed.
"The Supreme Court has an opportunity here to make a landmark decision that's going to be the last frontier on civil rights in my mind."
Caldwell is the first sitting mayor of Honolulu to participate in this event, while 80-year-old Gladys Gerlich Hayes said she's been coming here to fight for a quarter century.
"I'm a firm believer that everyone should have the right of choice. We've waited a long time and I think we're going to be successful," said Hayes.
Following the parade, there was a celebration at Kapiolani Park.
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